Plumbing company does good for do-gooder

January 23, 2013 3:48:38 PM PST
A plumbing company is helping flush away a Make-A-Wish volunteer's money worries.

It's something homeowners fear. A back hoe in the front yard digging up the lawn looking for a crushed and clogged sewer pipe. For Gloria Voit of wheeling it's been a three week disaster. No washing, no flushing.

"It's a nightmare to me. When they told me they had to dig in the ground I couldn't believe it and the expense is pretty high too," Voit said.

But then along came Vinay Rajput, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Schaumburg. His crew showed up to make sure Voit's troubles flow away.

"We're going to put in a new pipe, 5' to 6' long and we'll also do a clean out rod so that way she can maintain the line in the future," Rajput said.

Normally that would cost $5,000 to $6,000. But Voit is on Social Security, a fixed income. There's no way could she afford this job but then along came the plumbers. Tough guys -- with soft hearts.

They're doing the work for free because Voit has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to the Make A Wish Foundation, an organization that grants big time wishes to seriously ill children.

Voit has helped grant 40 such wishes in the last decade. When Mr. Rooter's Bryan Dick heard the story he knew something had to be done.

"Someone like that who has donated so much of her time and has given so much to people around her. She donates her time to help them out at Make A Wish come true ... It's about time somebody like us could step up and make her wish come true," Dick said.

"This is going to spur me on to continue with Make A Wish forever. To bring such joy to somebody ... I just can't believe the feeling in my heart. These people are wonderful," Voit said.

Voit was so pleased she wanted to help the young company grow, and called ABC 7.